Tag: Authentic Audience

Webinar: Allowing Students to Publish to the World

Webinar: Allowing Students to Publish to the World

In this Kidblog Webinar, Doug Robertson shares how he uses blogs in his fifth grade class to break  up the traditional school-based writing process and make it more relevant and exciting. Doug provides tips for moderating your students’ comments section and discusses the benefits of publishing students’ work for a wider audience. In this video, you will

In this Kidblog Webinar, Doug Robertson shares how he uses blogs in his fifth grade class to break  up the traditional school-based writing process and make it more relevant and exciting. Doug provides tips for moderating your students’ comments section and discusses the benefits of publishing students’ work for a wider audience. In this video, you will... read more

Connecting with an Audience

Connecting with an Audience

Creating an audience for students helps them to discover that writing is not just fulfilling a class assignment—it can be a tool for thinking, a means to connect with readers, and a way to understand ourselves and others.

Creating an audience for students helps them to discover that writing is not just fulfilling a class assignment—it can be a tool for thinking, a means to connect with readers, and a way to understand ourselves and others.... read more

Finding Connections through Chaos

Finding Connections through Chaos

This is not an easy process, breaking students out of the safe, predictable mode of reports and essays. However, it’s a necessary one. Allow them the opportunity to find their chaos.

This is not an easy process, breaking students out of the safe, predictable mode of reports and essays. However, it’s a necessary one. Allow them the opportunity to find their chaos. ... read more

Using Kidblog as a Vehicle of Expression

Using Kidblog as a Vehicle of Expression

Middle school kids LOVE personalization.  From what they wear to the music they listen to, their choices project who they are becoming.  This is one of the major reasons I enjoy teaching 6th grade, it’s awesome watching my students emerge from the cocoons of childhood to start testing their new found wings.  It is essential we

Middle school kids LOVE personalization.  From what they wear to the music they listen to, their choices project who they are becoming.  This is one of the major reasons I enjoy teaching 6th grade, it’s awesome watching my students emerge from the cocoons of childhood to start testing their new found wings.  It is essential we... read more

How an Audience Has Improved My Students’ Writing

How an Audience Has Improved My Students’ Writing

Teaching writing has been a challenging part of my job. Very few kids enjoyed writing in my class, and many outright hated it. While I have a “no moaning” policy in my room, the time of day most likely to elicit quiet moans and eye rolls was writing. When I learned about blogging with Kidblog,

Teaching writing has been a challenging part of my job. Very few kids enjoyed writing in my class, and many outright hated it. While I have a “no moaning” policy in my room, the time of day most likely to elicit quiet moans and eye rolls was writing. When I learned about blogging with Kidblog,... read more

A New Blogger’s Perspective: Getting Started with Kidblog

A New Blogger’s Perspective: Getting Started with Kidblog

We’re all familiar with the power of writing to an authentic audience. It’s the difference between writing robotically for a grade, or writing with a natural voice and a clear purpose. Providing students with the opportunity to share writing with actual people has a substantial impact on motivation—especially for a reluctant writer—and will create risk-takers

We’re all familiar with the power of writing to an authentic audience. It’s the difference between writing robotically for a grade, or writing with a natural voice and a clear purpose. Providing students with the opportunity to share writing with actual people has a substantial impact on motivation—especially for a reluctant writer—and will create risk-takers... read more

How I Increased Students’ Confidence in their Writing

How I Increased Students’ Confidence in their Writing

Envisioning Blogging Blogging in the classroom is praised as a way to publish student work for an authentic audience, motivating students to write with a meaningful purpose. While absolutely true, these benefits may be hard for students to envision. Some students are excited to share their thoughts and ideas with a world beyond their teacher, while others may

Envisioning Blogging Blogging in the classroom is praised as a way to publish student work for an authentic audience, motivating students to write with a meaningful purpose. While absolutely true, these benefits may be hard for students to envision. Some students are excited to share their thoughts and ideas with a world beyond their teacher, while others may... read more